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Football Friday Night: Handley clinches playoff spot, Central wins region title

Handley officially clinched a playoff spot Friday – and they did so in emphatic fashion.

The Tigers built a four touchdown lead in the first quarter for the second straight week and cruised to a 46-14 win over Cleburne County in Heflin Friday night.

Jay Haynes and Cannon Kyles led an explosive first-team offense that scored on each of its four first-quarter possessions to build a 28-0 lead. That lead was enough for Handley head coach Larry Strain to sit his starters the rest of the game.

Kyles ran for the Tigers’ first score of the night and then threw two touchdown passes, all of which was sandwiched around a 71-yard touchdown run by Haynes.

Kyles finished 3-of-3 passing for 51 yards and two scores – one each to Devontae Higgins and Tamarious Treadwell. But it was the play of Haynes, and the apparent lack of limitations on his game, that was perhaps the most encouraging development of the night. Haynes, who missed most of two games before gingerly playing a little more in last week’s win over Talladega, showed the gamut of his skills at running back for the first time since his injury against Clay Central back in September. He finished with six carries for 126 yards, and those six carries featured a weaving, cut-filled run, a couple of shorter runs in which he fought through contact and showed his strength, and the 71-yard score in which his speed was on full display.

Cardarious Lee also went over the 100-yard mark on the ground, finishing with 103 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. He 80-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the final blow for the Handley offense.

Ja’Marcus Daniel had a 62-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half, and backup quarterback Daquavian Slaughter hit Koreen Henry for a 37-yard touchdown pass to round out a productive night for Handley’s second and third string.

The win puts Handley in the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years under head coach Larry Strain. The Tigers can secure second place in the region and first-round home playoff game with a win over Munford next week.

Handley officially clinched a playoff spot Friday – and they did so in emphatic fashion.

The Tigers built a four touchdown lead in the first quarter for the second straight week and cruised to a 46-14 win over Cleburne County in Heflin Friday night.

Jay Haynes and Cannon Kyles led an explosive first-team offense that scored on each of its four first-quarter possessions to build a 28-0 lead. That lead was enough for Handley head coach Larry Strain to sit his starters the rest of the game.

Kyles ran for the Tigers’ first score of the night and then threw two touchdown passes, all of which was sandwiched around a 71-yard touchdown run by Haynes.

Kyles finished 3-of-3 passing for 51 yards and two scores – one each to Devontae Higgins and Tamarious Treadwell. But it was the play of Haynes, and the apparent lack of limitations on his game, that was perhaps the most encouraging development of the night. Haynes, who missed most of two games before gingerly playing a little more in last week’s win over Talladega, showed the gamut of his skills at running back for the first time since his injury against Clay Central back in September.

He finished with six carries for 126 yards, and those six carries featured a weaving, cut-filled run, a couple of shorter runs in which he fought through contact and showed his strength, and the 71-yard score in which his speed was on full display.

Cardarious Lee also went over the 100-yard mark on the ground, finishing with 103 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. He 80-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the final blow for the Handley offense.

Ja’Marcus Daniel had a 62-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half, and backup quarterback Daquavian Slaughter hit Koreen Henry for a 37-yard touchdown pass to round out a productive night for Handley’s second and third string.

The win puts Handley in the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years under head coach Larry Strain. The Tigers can secure second place in the region and first-round home playoff game with a win over Munford next week.

Other scores

Clay Central 28, Beauregard 3 – The Volunteers won their third straight region championship, handing Beauregard its first loss of the season, 28-3 Friday in Lineville.

RCHS 47, Beulah 7

Wadley 36, Winterboro 16

Fayetteville 33, Woodland 14

Thorsby 28, Ranburne 21

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